Noting that some Norfolk County families are more worried about putting food on the table this holiday season than putting lights on a Christmas tree, Register of Deeds William O'Donnell is asking people to contribute to the 11th Annual Registry of Deeds food drive, starting Monday November 20th and running through Friday December 29th.
"There is no doubt that Norfolk County is a destination place to live and to work. However, there are people throughout the county that are truly hurting who need a helping hand. We, at the Registry can see firsthand how people are being impacted from our monthly foreclosure numbers. Adversity can strike in a number of ways, from a job lay-off to an unexpected medical catastrophe or just from a case of misfortune".
Today according to the latest Project Bread statistics 1 out of every 10 households in Massachusetts is considered food insecure. And cases of food insecurity have risen by 24% since the year 2000. "Hunger is a year round concern, but it is especially acute during the holidays with the rise of heating bills and children home from school, meaning extra food costs," noted
Rene Feureman, Director of the Brookline Food echoed the Register's concerns. "As we near the holidays, there is defintely more of a need for food. Some families would like to prepare a holiday meal. Others, as the winter cold sets in, are looking for comfort food to keep them warm. While others, the elderly particularly, are looking to stock-up in case there are winter storms."
Non-perishable food items can be brought directly to the Registry of Deeds located at 649 High Street in Dedham. A donation bin will be set-up in the Registry building lobby which is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM. Suggested donations include canned goods, breakfast cereals, pasta, sauces, toiletries and paper products.
If you can't get here to drop off food, you can check the Registry's website.at www.norfolkdeeds.org for a location in your community. "Working together, we can truly make a huge difference this holiday season," concluded Register O'Donnell.
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The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, located at 649 High St., Dedham, is the principal office for real property in Norfolk County. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center at (781) 461-6101, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.